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2010 Green Resolutions – we're all in this together

Penny Bonda revisits some small ways we can all choose to live a more sustainable lifestyle:

1.    Turn trash to treasure, or at least, not be so quick to throw it away. There is no away. Today’s aging furnishings will soon become vintage. Think about it.
2.    Avoid toxic materials. Viable alternatives exist. Go find them.
3.    Support FSC certified wood. Write it into every specification. As we increase the demand, supply and price reductions will surely follow.
4.    Participate in the process. Join USGBC, comments on the rating systems and credit revisions, vote in the elections. Activism works! Speaking of which…
5.    Sign on to the 2030 Challenge, which commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for all buildings by 50% right now, and…
6.    Remember this number – 350 – and pledge to redouble your efforts to build a global climate movement strong enough to get the world back to 350.
7.    Switch out every incandescent light for a CFL or one of the fabulous new LEDs.
8.    Search out and discover innovative ways to install renewable technology strategies in our projects, and/or…
9.    Purchase carbon offset credits. Get a list of reliable providers here.
10.    Avoid greenwash by learning more about what’s truly green. Third party certifications are a great place to start.
11.    Support the triple bottom line by giving your business to manufacturers and suppliers that equally value ecology, social justice and economics
12.    Eliminate paper use – and plastic. Go digital in the office and polyester or canvas at home. (Penny’s) favorite reusable is by ChicoBag.
13.    Boycott bottled water – at the office, home, on the road. Install water filters or use a water delivery service. Tote your water in a stainless steel BPA-free bottle (example here).
14.    Eat healthier and exercise more – everyone’s inevitable resolution. This year it’s yours by eating locally grown organic food and leaving the car at home. Walk or bike to work.

About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

  1. Lynn ThompsonLynn Thompson03-18-2010

    Thanks for passing on those great ideas. Even if we all just make one change…..

  2. john Cavanaghjohn Cavanagh02-25-2016

    Hi Carla, Nice blog and love the furniture and textiles and never realised how latex was produced. Think if we all become a little more conscious about what we consume and dont support the toxic materials the demand and quantities available will obviously reduce. This will conserve our beautiful planet. J

  3. CarlaCarla02-26-2016

    Right on, John – nicely put!

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